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July 27, 2003
THE MURDER of a Canadian photojournalist while in Iranian police custody this month is shocking enough, but the brazen and ugly performance of the Iranian government since then has been almost more disturbing. Zahra Kazemi (who also held Iranian citizenship) was arrested in June while taking pictures outside a prison in Tehran. She died July 10, following 77 hours of interrogation. The Iranian prosecutor's office first said she had been killed by a stroke, then planted suggestions that she had hit her head against the cell wall intentionally as a way of embarrassing the police.
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NEWS
November 25, 2013
Since the Iran nuclear deal was announced late Saturday, the criticism has been predictable. Israel's leadership isn't happy; neither is Saudi Arabia's. And there's a customary skepticism in Congress, particularly from Republicans, the most outlandish of whom see it as part of a grand scheme to keep their attacks on Obamacare off the front page. But at its heart, the accord is historic not because it ensures Iran won't develop nuclear weapons but because it starts a process by which that goal might be accomplished.
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By Sanford Gottlieb and Daryl G. Kimball | January 23, 2014
Iran began taking verifiable steps this week to stop work on its most worrisome nuclear activities under the terms of an agreement with the United States and five other world powers. The breakthrough nuclear deal marks the first negotiated limitations on Iran's nuclear program in nearly a decade and opens the door for talks on a comprehensive agreement to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. As long as Iran complies with the limits on its program, the P5+1 group (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States)
NEWS
August 4, 2012
The drumbeat for war with Iran is getting scarier and scarier ("No good options for Iran," Aug. 2). The situation has escalated now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has concluded that the recent suicide attack that killed five Israelis in Bulgaria was the doing of Hezbollah, backed by Iran. If Mr. Netanyahu has any evidence to that effect, he is not forthcoming with it. Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's prime minister, doesn't know the identity of the killer or who was behind this bloody handiwork.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
A Parkville man was convicted Monday of conspiring to ship industrial components to Iran in violation of the U.S. trade embargo on that country, the U.S. attorney's office announced. After a two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, a jury found Ali Saboonchi, 34, guilty of one count of conspiracy and seven counts of illegally transporting U.S.-manufactured goods and services to Iran, the federal prosecutor's office said. The United States has outlawed commerce with Iran since 1995.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary on President Barack Obama's foreign policy was concise and right on target ( "Obama's miserable foreign policy record," Dec. 10). What we have in this president is an unprepared, vacillating man with a poor grasp of history and precedent when it comes to the Middle East. If the Israelis can't stop the Iranian threat by themselves, Mr. Obama will be long gone from office when Israel is attacked or a nuclear suitcase bomb is detonated in a New York subway.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
A Parkville man was federally indicted on charges that he conspired with a man in Iran to export manufactured industrial products from the U.S., state's attorney's office said Thursday. Authorities believe Ali Saboonchi, 32, ran the Ace Electric Company to obtain goods to send them to businesses run by Arash Rashti Mohammad, 31, in Tehran, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates since November 2009, the five-count indictment said. U.S. economic sanctions prohibit exporting to Iran.
NEWS
November 10, 2013
Once again, intense negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have failed to produce a deal, but there remains some reason for optimism after the weekend's high-level negotiations in Geneva. The last time such talks fell apart, the issue had been the unwillingness of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to approve an agreement forged by then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This time, the disagreement was among the United States and its allies about what kind of terms were acceptable, and that suggests the possibility for progress under Iran's new and relatively moderate President Hasan Rowhani is real, if still difficult.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
Up to this point, sanctions against Iran have only caused it to accelerate its drive to build a nuclear weapons capability, with the stated goal of wiping out Israel. As long as Russia, China and India trade with Iran and are willing to pay the currently inflated prices for its oil, there will be no cessation of Iran's drive to build a bomb, and any sanctions imposed by the U. S. and its allies will be ineffective. Meanwhile, Israel is living under the threat of annihilation. The window of opportunity is rapidly closing for an effective military strike against Iran.
NEWS
January 7, 2012
An article in The Sun says that Iran has announced that it has produced a nuclear fuel rod and has test-fired a missile ("Iran says it has produced its first nuclear fuel rod," Jan. 2). Since the world hasn't yet seen fit to stop these maniacs, we might as well get to work designing a second Holocaust Memorial. Fred Michaelson, Baltimore
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